Community Investments


2017-18 Community Partners

 Every Person.  Every Community.

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In southwest Minnesota, we focus on health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety & well-being. More than 50,000 local people will be served in 2017-18 through United Way of Southwest Minnesota initiatives, community partner programs and partnerships.

Our 2017 campaign goal is $600,000 and will run from September, 2017 through January 31, 2018.  This effort will be chaired by Amy Herrick.  Herrick is the Assistant Manager, Personal Lines Underwriting at North Star Mutual Insurance Company based in Cottonwood, Minnesota.

Dollars raised will be re-invested in local programs and people. Community Investment volunteers from throughout our service area review all grant requests and make funding recommendations to our local Board of Directors to be certain that your contribution makes the largest impact. Contributions to your local United Way improve lives right here where you live. Your donation will go far…but not far away.

Over the last 15 years, United Way of Southwest Minnesota has re-invested more than $5.9 million locally to benefit the lives of our friends and neighbors. For more information on the work of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota, our community partners, internal UWSWMN programming, and/or volunteer opportunities please visit The United Way of Southwest Minnesota has also earned the Charities Review Council Meets Standards seal which is a marker of nonprofit strength and accountability for those seeking a place to make charitable contributions. We encourage donors to view our profile at for additional information.

The chart below lists all programs being supported by funds raised in last year's campaign, as well as information regarding where (by county) funding from United Way of Southwest Minnesota is making an impact in people's lives.  Following that is a listing of what funds are specifically being used for by each Community Partner.  

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability
of every person in every community. LIVE UNITED®


2017-18 Community Partners

Total Investment $45,466

Adult Community Center - $5,000 - To fund the Healthy Wellness program which will provide exercise classes, clinics, speakers, support groups, volunteer opportunities and opportunity to stay socially connected with others through the Living Life Program.

Granite Falls Living at Home/Block Nurse Program - $7,000 - To send volunteers to become certified trainers for evidence based health and wellness education, to expand programming into neighboring communities, and to begin offering “Living Well with Diabetes” to their educational options.

Lutheran Social Services Senior Nutrition Program - $13,000 - To help offset the cost of transportation (delivery costs) and service of meals to continue to offer a more holistic approach to keeping older adults healthy both mentally and physically.

Marshall Area YMCA - $12,500 - To provide sliding fee scholarships for membership and/or program fees so that all have access to the Y and its programs, which in turn improves the overall health of local citizens.

Open Door Health Center - $4,500 - To replace outdated dental equipment at the Clarkfield location to ensure uninterrupted dental services are available to economically insecure clients.

Open Door Health Center - $3,466 - To offer a Kids’ Health Fair providing a health check-up with mobile dental services for children ages pre-kindergarten through 8th grade prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Total Investment $45,000

American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota - Reimbursement up to $5,000 - To provide direct support to individuals in need of assistance following a fire or natural disaster.

Junior Achievement of Lyon County - $9,500 - To teach Lyon County K-12 students skills in financial literacy, college and career readiness, and entrepreneurial thinking with the goal of assisting in lowering the unemployment rate and combat poverty.

Service Enterprises, Inc. - $4,000 - To provide support staff to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities are supported in their jobs in the community leading to a higher quality of life, fewer symptoms and lower health care costs.

United Community Action Partnership - Free Tax Preparation - $14,000 - To support staffing, marketing and training/travel expenses related to the coordination of the tax preparation site located in Marshall, with a focus on volunteer recruitment and bringing in new customers.

United Community Action Partnership - The Refuge - $12,500 - To assist in providing shelter, food, clothing, medical care and crisis services to local individuals/families who are homeless; to provide support services such as job training, ongoing mental health services, etc.; to provide assistance with finding employment; and to aid participants in the search for appropriate long term housing.

Total Investment $76,500

Loaves and Fishes - Marshall Community Meal Program - $5,000 - To offer the following programs through the Marshall location to help alleviate the issues of food insecurity, nutrition and social/emotional wellness: meal service; summer food service for low-income children; nutrition program; advocacy and referral; and free produce market.

Marshall Food4Kids - $4,500 - To purchase food in order to provide a weekend hunger relief “backpack” to children in Head Start and grades K-3 at Marshall Public Schools who live in food-insecure households.

Prairie Five Senior Nutrition - Prairie Five Community Action Council - $12,000 - To reimburse volunteer drivers to transport hot, frozen and shelf stable meals five days a week from our central kitchens to locations throughout Yellow Medicine County.         

Tyler Area Food Shelf - $15,000 - To fund upgrades at a new, permanent location for the Tyler Area Food Shelf giving the area a stable location that is accessible to all volunteers and those in need.

United Community Action Partnership - Kitchen Table Food Shelves - $40,000 - To continue to distribute food to people in need in southwest Minnesota by using granted funds to support the costs of operating, including staff time for outreach activities and volunteer coordination, program supplies, space, food rescue vehicle costs, etc.

Total Investment $85,500

New Horizons Crisis Center - Crime Victims Support - $20,000 - To offer direct services to victims of sexual assault and victims of general crimes in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to: working with victims to complete safety paperwork (such as Order for Protection); conducting legal advocacy; and providing victims with emotional support, information and referrals.

New Horizons Crisis Center - Parenting Times - $19,000 - To supplement the cost of providing a safe, positive, neutral and interactive environment for children and their non-custodial parent(s) to have supervised visits or safe exchanges for self-pay participants.           

Redwood County Children's Advocacy Center - $20,000 - To offer services for child victims (sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, neglect or witnesses of violent crimes) and their families within the UWSWMN service area, including:  forensic interviews; victim advocacy; resources, safety and support.

The Connection Youth Center - $4,000 - To provide a safe, nurturing place in an educational environment for kindergarten through third grade youth during out of school time. 

Western Mental Health Center - Social Wellness - $2,000 - To fund the Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services and the Community Support Program that directly to directly impacts people that have social anxiety by providing fun and safe atmospheres to learn to interact.

WoMen's Rural Advocacy Program - $17,500 - To funds costs associated with providing services to victims of domestic violence to help ensure their safety, including: advocacy, referrals, safety planning, education, crisis line, safe-housing, gas monies, etc.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in
people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and
portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.